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Tallahassee Says, Take Me Home.


Sasha Noelle holds Shay, a five-month-old Labrador mix, up for adoption. Linc is a two- year-old Bordoodle, a cross between a Border Collie and a Poodle. Angel is a five- year-old albino Shih Tzu, available for


adoption. Photography by Betsy Sasnett.


More than 1,000 North Florida animal lovers came together on January 11 for the Second Annual Take Me Home pet adoption event. An Obedience and Rally Match was hosted by the Tallahassee Dog Obedience Club. Close to 130 adoptable dogs and cats were available. Of that, 26 cats and 24 dogs were adopted. Next year's event is already being planned for January 10. For participation from rescue groups and businesses, please contact Grayce Berman at 850.631.2226. TakeMeHomePetAdoption.com


Rain Does Not Deter Orlando Dog Lovers.


Hundreds of vendors bravely set up, despite the stormy skies on the morning of February 8. It was the milestone 20th Anniversary of Paws in the Park at Lake Eola in Orlando. No amount of rain, torrential or not, wind or cold would stop these animal lovers from sup- porting their SPCA of Central Florida. And the community showed up with their dogs to walk, visit and even shop the vendors’ booths. Brian Wettstein, co-owner of The Doggie Door in Winter Park, intuitively displayed breed-specific umbrellas for sale at his booth. The fundraising event is the biggest community function for the SPCA of Central


Florida of the year. Victoria Stilwell of “It’s Me or the Dog” was a special guest, providing information, candid talks and demonstrations throughout the day at the Walt Disney Amphitheater in the park. The Splash Dogs dock diving team was also there. What’s that saying? Nothing is friendlier than a wet dog.


Matilda is a three-year-old Rat Terrier and Italian Greyhound mix. Ryan, her human, explained that Matilda is afraid of the rain, “But, she seems to be doing pretty good, right now,” she said. Photography by Anna Cooke.


(Left to right) Koda is a five-year-old Aussie Shepherd mix. Lulu, one half of our Central Florida rover reporter team, is also uncomfortable in the rain. But, thanks to her Thundershirt, her


high- anxiety was almost non-existent. Casper is an American Bull Dog mix. He is nine or ten years- old and a certified therapy dog. Prior to that, he was used as a bait dog in dog fighting, before being confiscated by Orange County Animal Services during an animal abuse case. He was then fostered by volunteers from Pet Rescue by Judy three years ago before being adopted. Pet Rescue by Judy recent- ly opened their shelter at 401 South Laurel Avenue in Sanford. PetRescueByJudy.


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